Anaheim to Venice Beach

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:30
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lead I finally got a chance to put on those hiking shoes that have been taking up space in my trunk up until now.

I cut over to the coast at Huntington Beach from Anaheim, after a quick pit stop to give the car a bath and to mail home about 25 pounds and two cubic feet of stuff that I'd overpacked. The trunk is a roomier place now, which is nice.

Rinsing the dust off

The drive up the coast was alternately pretty and traffic-filled, which I suppose is par for the course with seaside towns. They were working frantically to keep the highway from sliding into the ocean at Rancho Palos Verdes, but just past that I happened upon a beach that looked interesting, so I made a quick pit stop.

Abalone Cove The cove itself Some nice walks along the beach A liberated view of the sunbathing situation Some pelicans enjoying the breeze

"Abalone Cove" had some steep, rocky shoreline, but also had several areas of pretty neat tide pools. I put on my hiking shoes, and spent some time traipsing around the rocks and looking at all the critters in the tide pools. There were crabs, starfish, anemones, urchins, and a few little fish, but I didn't see any actual abalone or octopus. I'd imagine those are pretty popular.

Some tidepool action OK, nieces and nephews--how many starfish in this picture? More tidepool Some tidepool citizens cleaning the kelp Main ingredient in crabbie patties

After my little nature hike, I continued up to my hotel at Venice Beach, where the Venice Beach scene was in full swing. There are apparently a lot of Datsun fans in Venice, as so far this is the spot where I've gotten the most people commenting or asking about the car. I thought they were all stoners and flower children, but apparently they're car fans too...must come with your California citizenship.

Definitely getting into LA proper now Venice Beach, view from the hotel balcony


#1 lectacave 2013-06-20 11:02
If you brought me back a toe ring I wouldn't be mad atchya. The shot of the pelicans and the future crabbie pattie - magnificent!
#2 Monkeygym 2013-06-20 11:44
if you didn't wear more than your hiking boots, given the permission expressed on the sign, I hope that you at least put on some sunscreen!
#3 Zippy67roadster 2013-06-22 09:47
What camera are you shooting with?
#4 admin 2013-06-22 10:15
I have two--a Canon S100 for walk-around-put -it-in-your-poc ket stuff, and a Canon 7D for nice stuff. Also a GoPro for the in-car video stuff.

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